Volunteer Opportunities

Circle Tail has four main volunteer needs:


Volunteer Dog Trainers Needed:
Circle Tail is in need of volunteers to assist with training the dogs/pups who are on site as well as fostering assistance dogs in training. Person should be over 18 yrs. and have experience with a variety of training methodologies, breeds and dog behavior knowledge. Training would include teaching manners, basic obedience and potentially advanced skills to both assistance dogs and dogs for adoption, as well as socializing and handling pups. Contact training@circletail.org for more information.

Handling Dogs at Circle Tail
Volunteer Captain
Kennel Assistant
Cleaning / Organizing (non-kennel)
Grounds / Building Maintenance
Adoption Counselor

Volunteers are needed to come to Circle Tail to help care for the dogs on site. In addition, there are many other tasks to keep the Circle Tail trails open and the grounds and buildings clean, safe and looking good.



Picking up Donated Items
Dog Transport (local, tri-state)
Mailings (can be done from home)
Staffing Booths at Outside Events
Handling Dogs at Outside Events
Giving Presentations to Children
Giving Presentations to Adults

People are needed to staff information booths at various pet and health fairs around Cincinnati as well as off-site adoption events. We also need people to speak to various schools and businesses about the programs of Circle Tail. Some volunteer tasks can be done in the comfort of your home. In any capacity, you will be helping the Circle Tail dogs immensely.



Events & Fundraising Committee Members Needed:
Circle Tail is in need of volunteers to assist on the Events & Fundraising Committee. There are a variety of member positions that need filled including volunteers to be responsible for acquiring items for gift bags, a liaison for in store events, securing sponsorships for fundraisers and assisting with marketing materials and PR/Media coverage. Contact volunteer@circletail.org for more information.

Grant Writing
Special Events
Public Relations (press releases, etc.)
Social Media Site Management

If you are in sales or public relations, we need grant writers and volunteers to help with fundraising. We need volunteers to help with and lead various events throughout the year, especially our Annual Dinner, Art & Wine for Canines event.



For more timid dogs who do not do well in our prison program, foster families are needed to teach manners so that these dogs are more adoptable. In addition, foster families are needed for our service/hearing dog program in order to increase our success with training and placing these dogs with people with disabilities. The foster families house, reinforce commands, and take our service dogs in training out to public places so that they are confident, well socialized and have impeccable public manners. Here is more information on fostering.



Circle Tail is located at 8834 Carey Lane in Butlerville, Ohio, off Route 132 in Warren County. We are approximately 30 miles east of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Here is a Google Map.



All of our opportunities are for dog lovers 16 years of age and over. Volunteers must be mature enough to handle dogs appropriately through training classes.  Volunteers aged 16-18 are welcome without a supervising adult, provided they have their own transportation and have shown themselves to be responsible and self-sufficient.

While we cannot accommodate volunteer groups of young children at our facility, Circle Tail always appreciates groups who gather donations of items from our wish list, and we are happy to schedule a volunteer to come to your organization with one our dogs to talk about our programs. We strongly support scouts achieving their Eagle Scout or Gold Award at Circle Tail. We can also accommodate service hours required for many local schools. If you would like more information on opportunities for children or a speaker at your school/ group, please email volunteer@circletail.org with the details.